Topic Raiding Mage DPS graphed vs. other classes
Today I discovered a really interesting site that uses World of Logs data to create graphs. Especially of interest was how Fire Mage compares with other classes and specs, since I've had to argue a few times that we are not overpowered BUT we do have a higher ceiling than almost anybody else. So here is a 3 month span of all parses, averaged out, that should give an indication of what each spec of each class does:
Their methodology is explained on the bottom of the page.
From this I will take that we should be expected generally to be in the upper section of our parses, but if we are leading DPS we are actually overachieving.
Arcane has no cleave damage, needs to stand and spam to ramp up, has mediocre AOE, and does almost no damage if the mage needs to move.
There's a reason why fire is the preferred raiding spec this tier.
This doesn't mean arcane is useless however. It's ability to do heavy on-demand burst damage when blowing cooldowns makes it the preferred spec for Heroic Spine. I also use it for Heroic Blackthorn since it gives the raid a 3% damage boost buff and because it gives me better on-demand burst against the drakes.
On all other fights I find fire to be much superior to arcane.
Edited by Fujiko on 5/9/12 9:26 PM (PDT)
Misty is totally right. Arcane, if you think about it logically, is really only good for one fight in DS and that's HM spine. Everything else is either too movement heavy, or aoe heavy for it to do as well as fire.
Very interesting site OP by the way.
Edit: Misty, I LOVE your transmog.